Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Obsidian: What You Wish For 2

Title: Obsidian: What You Wish For 2
Author: Alex Jacobs
Publisher: Torquere Press
Publisher URL: http://www.torquerebooks.com/
ISBN: 978-1-60370-987-3
Genre: {M/M} Contemporary, BDSM
Rating: 3.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Rose Nymph

Ever since the journey of discovery into his sexuality led him into the arms of Nicol, Jared Cross has never been happier. He may now realize that he was just going through the motions in previous relationships but his eyes are only beginning to open to the delights of relenting to Nicol’s powerful aura. Both men are learning what the other wants and needs from a partner but before they can start developing the natural order of their relationship and take things to the next intriguing level, Jared is hurt. Nicol instantly rushes to his lover’s side but things get complicated when Jared’s family turns up. Jared doesn’t think he is ready to face up to all that he is publicly just yet but with Nicol in the same room as his family, answers are demanded. Jared and Nicol are about to learn just how deeply the connections between family, love, sex and happiness run.

Obsidian: What You Wish For 2 is the sequel to What You Wish For and continues the developing D/s relationship between Jared and Nicol. There is a definite split between two very stirring, emotional subjects in this book. To begin with, the continuing definition of Jared and Nicol’s roles in their relationship takes center stage. I enjoyed reading this as it made me question my own ideas of balance in a relationship. I could also really appreciate the amount of trust and love between the two characters. The delicate balance that exists in Jared and Nicol’s relationship seemed very clear and strong in places but in some instances it came across confused and very fragile.

The focus then revolves around a terrible accident that forces the two parts of Jared’s life to crash violently. This was a surprising direction to take but did force Jared to face up to his true identity. The behavior of some members of Jared’s family was too realistic for my liking and their ignorance wasn’t enjoyable to read, although I guess it wasn’t supposed to be. The connection between Jared and Nicol was heartwarming to read as it was strengthened in the face of hostility and to witness Jared finally coming to terms with who he really is gave a sense of pride and joy. The emotional drama, although a little draining, helped solidify their love. The author has created two very likable characters with a lot of chemistry but the combining of their loving, tender relationship and the D/s exploration hasn’t quite gelled together completely yet.

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